We are a small, diversified farm, growing vegetables, fruits, herbs, and flowers on 4 acres of land and in three greenhouses. We offer opportunities to become a member of our farm through "Community Supported Agriculture" (CSA) programs and also sell our offerings, as well as other locally-produced food products, in our farm store. In 2017 we are expanding to be open to the public year-round, offering a wider selection of produce as well as introducing other farm-made products and continuing to support other local producers.
Are we organic?
In 2016 we became Certified Organic by MOFGA (Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association). We have always respected the awesome work that this organization does and are proud to now have their stamp of approval on our crops! (Fun fact: Noah's parents were instrumental in starting the York County chapter of MOFGA in the early '70s.) Our growing practices are centered around building healthy soil, attracting beneficial insects for pest control and pollination, using hand tools and working as intimately as possible with each plant.
Where does our name come from?
Frinklepod Farm’s name is inspired by one of our children's favorite books, Uno's Garden, by Graeme Base. The story follows Uno, a human who moves into a pristine forest; as the number of people and buildings increase, the number of fictitious plants and animals (including the Feathered Frinklepod) decrease. After near collapse of civilization, the humans change their ways and the species begin to reappear. We hope that our farm can mirror the main themes of this book: the importance of ecological biodiversity, conservation, and the need to maintain a healthy balance between humans and nature.
How did Frinklepod Farm start?
We have both always been passionate about growing food; Noah has been doing so on his family's subsistence farm since his childhood, and Flora has worked with a number of projects combining agriculture with social justice issues. In 2011, our neighbor’s 16 acres of land came up for sale and we jumped at the opportunity to turn the once-farmed, now-fallow fields into a viable, visible farm.
We are deeply concerned about the loss of agricultural land and biodiversity in this part of southern Maine and we are passionate about stewarding this land in a way that will allow people of all ages to connect with the origins of their food.
We believe in food equity — the idea that everyone deserves access to fresh produce and healthy food. We accept SNAP payments in the farm store, offer a 50% discount on all produce purchased with SNAP , and dedicate a portion of our fields to growing crops to donate to local food pantries.
On a more personal level, we are intentional in our choice to farm together as a family, and to raise our two children with an appreciation of hard work, living simply, and the natural world.
- Flora Brown & Noah Wentworth
WE Grow Delicious Vegetables And We...
- work to support the "local food scene" by carrying dozens of products made by other local producers and collaborating with other farmers
- are home to two honeybee colonies and welcome wild pollinators and beneficial insects of all kinds
- participate in efforts to end hunger in our community
- host volunteers, interns, and apprentices from all walks of life
- use solar power for all of our energy needs
- offer tours, workshops, and other events for people of all ages